Symantec Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
339 Interview Reviews

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    Encryption Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Was simple, was made to write code on phone interview for 45 minutes and 2 interviews on campus. Questions related to strings, arrays, queues. The whole process tooks about 3 weeks. Got the call from our career fair.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No Negotiation
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Software Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Symantec in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Recruiters asked to provide timelines for in-house interview and was not replying for 9 days. Looks like recruiters at Symantec are very busy. Finally after interview was scheduled, i had to wait between interviewers for 25 min first time, and 15 min second time. Didn't look like they are actually want me there at all.

    Interview Questions
    • None unexpected. I asked question what do they like at Symantec, and no one could say even one positive thing - not about company, or work they do.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Software Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Symantec in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    First interviewer asked general questions in my resume. Then he let me solve two programming problems. One is about linked list,but I cannot remember the detailed question now. It's quite easy. The other is about binary tree, to find the lowest common ancestor of two given nodes.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Culver City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I knew someone in the company, told them I was interested in a position after finishing college. A couple of weeks later I received a phone call from a recruiter who asked what kind of position I was looking for, and when I would want to start. I told them I was interested in a software development position, but didn't know any specifics about what was available. They set up an in-person interview with several departments in order to find out what best suited my abilities, which took about 3+ hours (one hour for each department.) Each interview started with a few questions about my experience and then moved on to questions about general concepts in the computer science. A couple of the interviewers also asked me specific problems that I worked out on the board in the room in front of them. If I didn't know a part of the way to solve a problem, they would explain that aspect.

    Interview Questions
    • Unexpected: The interviewer for the general intern position asked me to write a simple algorithm for calculating where the hour and second hands should be on an analog clock, given a time. Wanted it to handle malformed times given as input.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Culver City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Symantec in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a former colleague, mentioning that Symantec is having a very hard time finding C++ developers, and asking if I would be interested. He sent me a referral and a recruiter contacted me the next day. Two phone calls to talk about the position was scheduled for the next day, and then a technical phone interview was scheduled for later that week.

    The initial phone call was just the recruiter reiterating the job description. They asked some very easy multiple choice technical questions and what my expected salary was. I mentioned that I noticed some other positions might be a closer match to my skills, and the recruiter told me that if this position wasn't a good fit, they would refer me to the groups with the other positions.

    Some minor red flags were raised here, but only one made me consider stopping the interview process: when I mentioned I'd expect a bit more compensation to make up for a much longer commute, they just laughed and said 'oh, no, we won't give you more money because you have to commute.'

    The second phone call was with the hiring manager. He asked some open and 'Tell me about a time when...' questions. There wasn't really anything technical.

    The third phone call was a technical interview with a developer. It didn't cover much; there were a few more technical 'Tell me about a time when...' questions, and then I was asked to write code that does some basic text processing.

    The third interview ended with the interviewer telling me that the recruiter would get back to me the next day to schedule an in-person interview, but I didn't receive any subsequent communications. I think this might have been because my expected salary was too high.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a scenario where you changed a data structure or algorithm to improve performance.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Network Security Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Symantec in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 different set of interviews. First, was a phone interview with the SOC manager. 2-3 days later i received an email inviting me for an on-site interview. The interview was set up in 3 different ways: technical, critical thinking, and behavioral. The interview lasted for 3 hours with people coming in and out of the interview room.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were an attacker, what are the different ways you would perform a DDoS attack?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    SQA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Culver City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Symantec in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter reached out to me regarding open position at Symantec. The recruiter worked quickly to set up 1 phone screenings and quickly move to an onsite interview. Everything was done in less than a week. Everything was pretty standard in terms of questioning. Coding exercises, data structure, algorithm, basic demonstrations and verbal descriptions of software solutions was chiefly the way to go. The team that I interviewed with was very supportive too. It was one of the quickest interview I ever had and the interviewer was easy to talk with

    Interview Questions
    • asked if I liked to play games, and what games.. how would you develop + test it..   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Hiring manager will call for an interview direly.mthen onsite with the manager and the team. The offer is very quick,and the people are very nice. But management are weak and unstable.

    No Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Convoluted and time wasting, interviewer not completely familiar with role, did not know much about who manager would be, too many dispersion on capability - had to continually justify experience and background

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very open to negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    QA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Symantec in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    One phone call... on site with 3 others..questions were basic java...they asked me about my projects..i explained them all..then they asked normal testing questions..test frameworks..also one or two puzzles to solve

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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